The M&Ms felt jobbed.
The most glaring omission from the East Division all-star squad was that neither Winnipeg defensive back Anthony Malbrough nor Kelly Malveaux were included.
"Most definitely, I feel (jobbed)," Malbrough said yesterday. "Any time you're asked to play a lot of man-to-man coverage in the CFL and pretty much hold your own and give up like, maybe one or two touchdowns a year, that's awesome.
"But you know, individual awards don't really bother me. Team goals is what I focus on. It's a little disappointing but, you know, it can happen. I'll make up for it in the playoffs."
What rankled the Blue Bombers even more is that four of the five all-stars in the secondary play for Toronto.
"It's disappointing when certain guys don't get selected that you personally feel could have been selected," said Bombers head coach Doug Berry. "To take nothing away from the Toronto secondary, I was just kind of surprised that no one recognized anybody in our own secondary. I think we've proven that we're an outstanding defence. We've got somebody from the front (Gavin Walls and Doug Brown), somebody from the middle (Barrin Simpson) but nobody from the back end. There's five spots back there and most of our guys played all year long."
Although neither Malbrough nor Malveaux were among the interception leaders, Malbrough was tied for second in fumble returns (three). And both helped turn around one of the most porous secondaries in history last season.
For the record, both Malbrough and Malveaux got votes from the Winnipeg chapter of the Football Reporters of Canada who pick the team.
Several Bombers, including Berry, also questioned why no member of the Winnipeg offensive line that boasts the CFL's leading rusher (Charles Roberts) and allowed the third-least quarterback sacks, got an all-star nod.
The Argonauts had 11 all-star selections as opposed to Winnipeg's six.